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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a spring exhibition titled “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina- based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims.

The exhibition opens Thursday, April 10, and continues through Friday, May 30.

“Remote Sites of War” offers a first-person worldview of war that is quietly revealing and poses as many questions for people to consider as it does answers, said David J. Brown, Fine Art Museum director who also organized the exhibition.

“Ongoing armed conflicts involving the United States somewhere in the world seem to have little effect on us; we are carefully shielded from what really occurs,” Brown said. “In their own way, each of these artists delves into the peripheries of war and shares a core belief that all humans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

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Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival will feature performers including special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback and will be held on an open-air stage on campus during the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 26.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. near the fountain outside A.K. Hinds University Center with different ensembles taking the stage each hour.

The festival opens with the WCU “Straight Ahead” Jazz Septet at 4 p.m. followed by the WCU “Modal” Jazz Sextet at 5 p.m., the Jason Decristofaro Trio at 6 p.m. and the Steve Wohlrab Trio at 7 p.m.

Headlining the festival will be Bollenback performing with the WCU Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m.

 

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Just after wrapping up soundcheck, while grabbing a quick bite before the show, the Haywood County based band, Balsam Range sat down to talk about the inspiration they find in Franklin, N.C.

“We have never played a bad show here,” said band member Darren Nicholson. “The Performing Arts Center is one of the best, if not the best venue in Western North Carolina. We never leave here disappointed.”

Last weekend marked the band’s seventh or eight performance in Franklin, they frequent Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts so often, none of the members can recall which trip it was.

 

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership announces the launch of a new website, BlueRidgeMusicNC.com, in support of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.

The site is designed to showcase and promote the traditional music of Western North Carolina through the Blue Ridge Music Trails (BRMT) initiative, a program of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC).

www.BlueRidgeMusicNC.com features trip planning tools, including an interactive, searchable events calendar and map, videos of traditional musicians, and interesting profiles and stories. Visitors will find in-depth information about Western North Carolina’s rich traditions of bluegrass and string band music, ballad singing, fiddling, shape-note singing, gospel music, clogging, and other traditional forms of music and dance unique to the region.

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published: 10/18/2013
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